For months before the Scarborough Walgreens opened I had been hoping the visually depressing grey screens behind the windows facing Route 1 would disappear. No such luck.

I’m guessing that Walgreens has adopted a strategy of deterring any Oxycontin addicts driving by and considering a break-in by giving the appearance that the pharmacy has closed down, the drugs are gone and the building must have been abandoned.

I hope for their sake the ruse is working, but it’s at the expense of everyone else who has to pass by yet another blight on the suburban landscape.

Dr. James H. Maier